Hello! Here I am! How was your summer?
My healing process is continuing so here are this month’s Five Ways To Happy (you can read the July list here for more ideas).
With the start of Autumn, with its crackling leaves, muddy puddles, and the first turns of the heating dial, I sincerely believe that this is a month for simple pleasures and finding the joy in the smallest of moments.
GET UP TEN MINUTES EARLIER
Or twenty minutes, or an hour, just to give yourself a little bit of time just for you, to get your bearings for the day, to enjoy a hot cup of tea outside on a nearly-frosty morning, to fit in some sun salutations. These little moments of peace, where you can enjoy knowing that your loved ones are warm and cosy, that the birds are beginning to sing, and you can give yourself the gift of time, are utterly precious.
GO FOR A WALK
Whether a spontaneous meander across the fields, or a regular time set aside during the week, filling your lungs with air and getting your boots dirty is a well-known antidote to the foibles of life. Not only do I find going for a solo walk great for clearing my mind, it also helps me to sort out story issues, which in turn allows me to balance my freelance work with my creative time. And I’m getting fit too.
BAKE A CAKE
Be #GBBO inspired and dig through your recipe books to find a bake you’ve always admired but never got around to baking. There are so many amazing recipes I always skim over because I think they’re a bit, well, indulgent. But there is something therapeutic about creating a beautiful bake – and you’ll have something to send over to Jo Brand too!
FIND A WAY TO SWITCH OFF FOR FIVE MINUTES
Grief is an indescribable behemoth at times and when I feel like my heart and mind can’t process anymore I try to take five minutes to do something seemingly mindless but nowadays I believe it’s called mindfullness. Sometimes I go for a few rounds of solitaire, sometimes I enjoy a cuppa and a chapter of my current reading, sometimes I close my eyes and try my best to clear all the thoughts away. These few minutes don’t take away the pain but they do help to reset and reestablish rationality and an order of thoughts.
TAKE A PHOTO EVERYDAY OF SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
And if you find yourself having a bad moment, look back through those photos and remember that happiness isn’t alien to you.
I hope these little things are useful in your September! I’d love to know how you find your way to happy.
See you soon,